7 Feb 2016

What do you expect from Libreoffice Draw in the future?

Libreoffice promotes its graphic tool with the words:

‘Draw lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and diagrams. Draw is a an excellent package for producing technical drawings, general posters, etc.

22 Jan 2016

Way Down In The Libreoffice Menus

Introduction

With the release of LibreOffice 4.4 last year, we began making incremental updates to the main menus, with the major overhaul happening in the upcoming 5.1 release. The work is guided by LibreOffice’s new Human Interface Guideline (HIG), which has given us the core framework, however some questions have arisen challenging the reasoning of our work.…

22 Dec 2015

Area fill options made consistent

Introduction

As in many other dialogs, Libreoffice provides a lot of functionality for tweaking the hell out of areas taken up by shapes, charts, frames, etc. You can have a solid background color, with or without transparency/opacity, you may fill areas with gradients that in turn have several options, it can be assigned to hatchings, patterns and bitmaps, each with numerous options again, etc.…

13 Dec 2015

Style your tables

Introduction

Tables are one the most frequently used objects in documents. If you want to present data in a structured way with, for instance, small gridlines, a nice header, right aligned numbers, and highlighted totals- that’s a table. And if you need a unique branding defined by your company or just want to have a consistent look and feel you have to apply all those formattings exactly for each table.…

16 Apr 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Inserting a Chart

Probably everyone working with Libreoffice Calc is using charts. And maybe some wondered why the dialog to insert a chart has a wizard-like workflow for all the less relevant options. But inserting a chart is not only a task in Calc.…

2 Apr 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Shapes

Libreoffice Draw was treated somewhat novercally in last time. But we didn’t forget it and started to pimp its look and feel. This design session was about moving the stencils from the shapes toolbar into the sidebar. And of course not only Libreoffice Draw benefits from this effort.…

26 Mar 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Special Character

The Libreoffice UX team discussed possible improvements for the dialog to insert special characters, in particular the feature of recently used items. But today we have more than one solution since the current dialog would still be technology-driven instead of user-centric.…

19 Mar 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: CMIS Improvement

Topic of last week’s Libreoffice design session was the integration of content management interoperability services (CMIS). Here is the outcome of this meeting.

This article was posted first on 2015-Mar-19 at user-prompt.com (site closed now)

Topic: CMIS Improvement

Bug Tickets/Feature Requests:

Issue/Problem

  • CMIS is only accessible through LibreOffice’s custom file dialogs, which isn’t turned on by default
  • Setting up a new CMIS entry is not always easy/possible (AskLibO)
  • Feature is not visible to the average user
  • No straightforward integration into LO dialog (+/Server…, subtypes at CMIS)
  • No feedback during connection
  • No refresh/sync on changes, at least for Google Drive (LO overrides GD)

Screenshots of current UI

Features/Functional Requirements

  • Access from start center (to promote this) and toolbar/menu (for fast and easy use)
  • Own dialog since integration into standard dialog is possible but very limited
    • Libreoffice file dialog is removed completely (local files are opened via default dialog) and new dialog for remote files is introduced
  • Types: WebDAV, ftp, ssh, Windows Share, CMIS (with 10 subtypes incl.
12 Mar 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Entries at Indexes and Tables

The Libreoffice UX team started last week with another type of meeting, the design session. The goal is to discuss one issue in detail along with possible solutions, mostly a mockup. This includes a clear description of the issue, functional and non-functional requirements, as well as constraints for the design.…

19 Feb 2015

Tracking changes with LibreOffice

The Libreoffice UX team shows a proposal for the management of change tracking. It intends to have a comprehensive and good-looking overview but with the flexibility to add future enhancements.

This article was posted first on 2015-Feb-19 at user-prompt.com (site closed now)

Introduction

Track changes is an essential feature that separates word processors from simple text editors.…